Below is a roundup of twenty Canadian releases this week in random order.
Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley releases a solo album entitled Secrets. Musically it sits in-between rock and singer-songwriter much like Robert Plant circa The Principle of Moments era after Led Zeppelin. Vancouver’s Young Galaxy returns with Falsework, still electro but a little on the funkier side from the last album. JUNO nominee Anik Jean launches Anglo album Lost Soul which leans more toward the alternative side than her previous rock release. Toronto multiple JUNO winner and multiplatinum urban specialist Kardinal Offishall gives us his latest concoction of coolness, Kardi Gras, Vol 1: The Clash. Steven Lambke broods to the mark on Days of Heaven.
Finalist on The Voice this year Rosa debuts with a fabulous self-titled rock album. Also participating in The Voice was Mathieu Langevin whose Sauve-toi pas serves the folk realm well. For those pining for some good dance music, we highly recommend Burning Your Love from Montreal’s Carissa Vales. She has recorded three language versions for track “City Lights”: English, French, and Spanish! This week’s standout classical release is pianist Alain Lefèvre‘s piano sonatas from Rachmaninov and Haydn. Hamilton’s Ritual debuts with a heavy metal self-titled LP. Sheer Agony‘s Masterpiece is a fine indie rock album.
Bilingual album La guerre des tuques 3D is OST for the remake of the Canadian classic film. Among the participants are Walk Off the Earth and Céline Dion! Another various artists album is Duos Félix where modern singers add their vocals to classics from folk superstar Félix Leclerc: Diane Tell, Sally Folk, Bobby Bazini, and more! Les poètes maudits from Quebec City rap artist Facekché is selling like hotcakes on iTunes. Out in the Dark is an apt title in time for Halloween by rock group The Brains. The violin comes in handy for making beautiful folk music, as we hear on Marc Angers‘ wonderful self-titled work. Indie pop is done perfectly on Ariane Zita‘s Oui mais non.
Three EPs this week include S/T Coleman Hell. His single “2 Heads” recently hit the iTunes Top 10 and has been certified platinum by Music Canada. Quit This City is the latest from Toronto project Grandtheft, an electronic work. Jaune is a wonderful artistic EP from Simon Daniel.